Orders are now being taken by the British division of Peugeot for the 3008 HYbrid4 model, the world’s first full diesel hybrid car. The limited edition variant will be delivered first. Only 300 units will be available worldwide, 35 of which will be sold in the UK. The Limited Edition Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 is priced at £29,995.
Exclusive UK customer deliveries will start in October. The limited edition will have the same powertrain as the standard version of the model and will feature enhancements that give it a sporty look.
It is priced at £26,600 and deliveries will begin in November 2011. Peugeot said that the 3008 HYbrid4 uniquely combines low CO2 emissions, high levels of driving enjoyment, reduced running costs, a maximum power output of 200 bhp, all-wheel drive, zero emission vehicle mode (ZEV), and CO2 emissions in the Combined Drive Cycle, model dependent, from 99 g/km.
The Limited Edition version has distinctive features from the 3008 HYbrid4 range. These special style items were all designed to highlight the unique nature of the vehicle and its technological features.
The exterior enhancements include dark tinted headlamps with integral chrome LED daylight running lights, a special Pearl White exterior body color and chrome door handles.
The new Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 is targeted towards customers seeking a vehicle that delivers authentic driving enjoyment, technological sophistication and eco-friendliness. Moreover, Peugeot’s first production hybrid does not only consume substantially less fuel and a still high level of sophistication, it also aims to satisfy the whims of customers in the areas of responsiveness, road holding, drivability and peace of mind.
Furthermore, it offers the possibility of silent driving when driven in the all-electric mode. It employs Peugeot's HYbrid4 technology, which consists of the brand’s top-of-the-line technologies like HDi diesel engines, second-generation Stop & Start and electronically controlled sequential manual transmission as well as Peugeot’s electric vehicle expertise. The hybrid powertrain in Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 is comprised of an HDi diesel engine and an electric motor.
HDi diesel engines are known for their outstanding efficiency, also in terms of thermodynamics. In fact, these HDi diesel engines are more thermodynamically efficient than a gasoline counterpart and consume up to 30-percent less fuel.
In terms of expertise and experience in the field of electric vehicles, Peugeot doesn’t disappoint. In fact, Peugeot produced nearly 10,000 units of the 106 Electric. It kept its standing as the best-selling zero emissions car when it was sold between 1995 and 2003. Likewise, Peugeot will become the first carmaker by the end of 2010 to introduce a latest-generation and 100-percent EV in Europe, the Peugeot i0n.
It has been Peugeot’s approach to use the best available components as well as expertise, so it was only logical to employ its own electronically controlled six-speed manual transmission for engine management capabilities and for fuel consumption optimization. Furthermore, it was also logical to employ the second-generation STOP & START system. One of the interesting features of this Hybrid technology is that it allows the HDi engine and the electric motor to work simultaneously or alternatively.
Of course, it remains indisputable that an HDi engine is suitable for longer trip or journeys. When there is a no need for high power outputs – like when driving at low speed and decelerating – the electric motor will automatically take over from the HDi diesel engine. This automatic changeover is made possible by a STOP & START system that places the HDi diesel engine in standby mode and then restarts it when certain conditions are met like operation of the accelerator pedal as well as low battery charge level.
In certain driving situations – like when overtaking another vehicle or during hard acceleration, the HDi engine and the electric motor would complement each other. This means the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 offers a performance that is at par with a higher capacity HDi diesel engine, but consumes 35 percent less fuel and emits 35 percent less carbon dioxide on the combined cycle.
Since the electric motor and its ancillary equipment – like its inverter and converter – are placed at the rear of the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4, costs are reduced and the production process is optimized. Thanks to its layout, having a four-wheel drive system is made possible on the Hybrid4. The HDi diesel engine and the electric motor drive the front wheels and the rear wheels, respectively.